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Cartagena de Indias
Cartagena de Indias, capital of Bolívar Department, is a city with its own personality that reflects the character of Colombia. It is located at the seashore of the Caribbean Sea and has several attractions to visit, without forgetting its past times and its people.

In ancient times, the city became the most important port of the Spanish crown. Therefore, the need to be protected and safe.
Cartagena is full of monuments that reflect the history and the past of the city, such as the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas or the Torre del Reloj (Clock Tower). The Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas was a military fortification in the colonial period, and was located in the Colina de San Lázaro (hill). Its location, in high grounds of the city, made control and surveillance tasks easier, both from the earth and the air.

On its behalf, the Torre del Reloj, initially known as Boca del Puente, is placed at the entry point of the city and has a clock at the centre.
Route of the Plazas (Squares)
Cartagena is a city with several squares to visit, and each one has its own unique aspects. The Plaza de la Aduana, the biggest and oldest one, holds the Cartagena’s town hall and it has a majestic statue of Christopher Columbus in its central point.

The Plaza de Bolívar is also located near the Museo del Oro (Gold Museum), the Bank of the Republic, the cathedral or the Palacio de la Inquisición (Inquisition Palace). This area is headed by the statue of Simón Bolívar, so it will extremely surprise any visitor.

The Plaza de los Coches is a travelled city area, located at the entry of the clock tower. Its name comes from the origins, when the square where a parking lot for horse-drawn vehicles.

Las Bóvedas
It is an impressive architecture work, built in the 18th century for military purposes, with the aim of having a place to store munitions. Las Bóvedas consists of 47 arches and 23 domes with colourful touches that will make you feel open-mouthed.

Nowadays, it is not only a reflection of the historical past of the city, but it is also used as a commercial place where stores and shops sell clothes, housing details and other decorative items.
Inquisition Palace
This glorious palace that has become a museum was built in September 1610, a moment when the inquisition was established to judge religion crimes. You can visit the spaces that were used as prisons and torture areas,as well as historical documents reflecting the history of Cartagena.
Dining in Colombia
In Cartagena de Indias, the cultural blending of its residents made food and traditions be a plural reflection. Nowadays, you can taste several dishes prepared to combine culinary touches to surprise our visitors. This blending of flavours and traditions gave place to exquisite dishes that can be tasted in any restaurant from Cartagena, such as the arepas, the bean fritters and the typical cakes.

Obviously, we cannot forget fruit's colours, drawing our attention and inviting you to taste them, such as mango, melon and papaya. Do not hesitate to taste an exquisite coffee from Colombia!